This is a large Japanese samurai doll, "Kato Kiyomasa” (a warrior from the 16th century warring period) mounted on a horse. The quality is excellent. The dimensions of the box (assembled with wooden pegs): 19 1/4" x 21" x 9 1/4" deep. The condition: There are a couple of very faint hairlines (almost non-visible) between the eyebrows. The surface of this area is smooth in touch. The doll is sitting on an original cushion (very well-made) but a saddle (which would been hidden under his armor) was broken off.
Samurai warrior dolls, nobori banners, carps, Kabuto helmets and swords are all part of the display used for Boy's Day (renamed Children's Day) on May 5th in Japan. They reflect the parent’s wish to inspire their sons in manliness, discipline, bravery and the honor codes that are associated with them.
Circa 1925 to 1940, Taisho to early Showa period.